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Intense Pain, Pretty Nail Polish and Weekend Plans

I’m currently in more pain than I can ever remember being in…ever, and I’ve never felt as weighed down as I do right now. I’m still not the heaviest I’ve ever been, but I feel every pound that I’ve regained over the last few years.

I know that my pain is a direct result of obesity, and I’m disappointed in myself for not taking charge again sooner. I’ve fought hard, but I need to fighter harder…or smarter…or something.I went in again for blood work, and I’m awaiting results from a myriad of tests that they did during my visits. They took blood from my hand, which was odd. I’m glad they’re checking everything, but I’m so ready for relief from the skin stuff I’ve been dealing with for so long.

Skin irritation doesn’t sound particularly bad, but it hurts to stand, drive, lie down, etc. I finished Day 2 of the 10-day prescription, so I’m guessing I’ll start to feel better soon. I definitely hope so.

red OPI polishThankfully, it’s the weekend, and my plan is to stay out of the heat. I don’t usually work on Fridays, but I will get a few things done that I can do from home. I did some cleaning before my shower tonight, so I won’t have to worry about that tomorrow either.

My nails are painted, which always makes me feel good. I’m excited about a few books that I have to read, and Michael will come over for dinner after work.

Saturday I’m having a few friends over to grill on the roof, and the nice thing about the height of my building is that it’s never hot up there. It’s always breezy, and we’ll stay cool in the swimming pool. (Uh, I just rhymed.) It should be an easy weekend, so I’ll have some time to heal.

It’s been a long, physically challenging week, but there’s a lot to be thankful for too. I’m down another 2.6 pounds this week, and I’m thankful for the Weight Watchers meeting I found even if I’m the odd ball. Everyone else is significantly older than I am, which was evident today. I don’t mind though, and I don’t think they do either.

I cannot say it enough. I’m so grateful for my doctor, the medicine and the hope for healing change that seems to be just on the horizon.



Who’s Coming to ShiftCon?

ShiftCon is coming to New Orleans in December, and I’m excited to be a part of it this year. It’s happening right in my neighborhood too, which is an added bonus!

The last several years of my life have been filled with successes, changes and struggles to lose weight and regain control of my life. For a long time the driving force was losing weight to look and feel a certain way, and that’s fine. Heck, it’s important, but over the last several months I’ve shifted the focus to the little choices I make everyday.

There are so many areas for improvement, and as i follow the eco-wellness movement online I realize that there are lots of little things I can do to create a positive impact. I’ve also discovered brands that are making real, healthy and delicious foods, and I strive to support companies like that.

I don’t fit into the traditional role of the completely organic, non-gmo lifestyle that so many at this conference do so flawlessly, but it seems like a good idea to learn and experience as much as I can – especially since it’ll be in walking distance of my home this year.

I have a lot of respect for the founder of this conference, Leah Segedie, because she chose to encourage and uplift me at a time when I desperately needed it, and I admire her passion and tenacity.

Check out this video about the conference:

Is anyone here familiar with ShiftCon? Have you been to the conference? Do you plan to go this year? If so, I’d love to hear from you.


There’s still a few more days to get the Early Bird discount, so check it out. And if you’re planning to be here, I’d love to hear from you.


Exercise, Healthy Eating (and Doughnuts)

It’s been a quiet week here, but I’m happy to report that I am down 2.6 pounds from last week. Working in an environment that promotes fitness and healthy living helps a lot. (Big surprise there, I know.) I’m obsessed with BodyCombat, and it’s becoming a regular part of my schedule now. My boss does it with me, which is nice because we can laugh at ourselves and sweat our guts out together.

I also spent time last week getting reacquainted with my neighborhood. I spend so much time in other parts of town that sometimes I forget that I live in one of the coolest neighborhoods in New Orleans. It’s also among the safest, which makes it easy to take a stroll to the river by myself.

Downtown New Orleans CBD

One day last week my walk was interrupted by cool, breezy weather and a view of the Mississippi River. The Riverwalk has a pretty nice food court now, so I bought a power-packed smoothie and found a comfortable chair and ottoman to enjoy before walking back home. Every workout should be that relaxing…seriously.

Riverwalk in New Orleans

I also climbed many flights of stairs last week. After a phone call with my pal, KeepItUpDavid, I was inspired to make a stair climbing goal. The tallest building in my neighborhood (and in New Orleans) is 55 stories, so my plan is to work my way up to the top without using an elevator. My building, which is roughly half that tall, is possible, but it takes me quite a while because my heart needs to slow down several times on the way up. I had breakfast in 55 story building this morning, and it was cool to look at the building, knowing I’d be able to reach the top at some point soon.

One Shell Square New Orleans

My eating was relatively on point last week too. I could have done better, but I did pretty well. I ate a few salads, smoked pork, rotisserie chicken breast (sans skin) and oatmeal, oranges and a few doughnut holes…Yes, I ate a few doughnut holes, then I realized that I don’t want to be a person who mindlessly eats doughnuts, so I tossed the rest. I mean, I literally threw them out of my hands when I realized what I was doing. (I did that when I ordered a few Munchkins at Dunkin’ Donuts in Boston last year too.)

Now it’s almost Wednesday, and it’s time to step up my exercise game. Last week i counted steps using my Garmin Vivofit 2, but I haven’t been as diligent in wearing it this week. I’m okay with that because I don’t want to become addicted to checking my step count, but when I realized I didn’t wear it on my short walk this morning I was bummed. (Seriously, do steps even count when we’re not tracking them??)

How’s your fitness going? What’s happening this week in your world? I’d love to hear about it.

Until then…

Mardi Gras, Weekly Weigh-In, and An Update On My Goals

I suck at living in New Orleans at this time of year. I’d rather eat my calories than drink them (especially in open containers on Bourbon Street,) and I live in the Central Business District (two blocks from the French Quarter on the clean side.) I didn’t grow up here, and while I have grown to love New Orleans, I cannot stand Mardi Gras. (My favorite Mardi Gras hashtag is one that I created, #GetOffMyLawn, which is funny because I don’t have a lawn.)


This is what the traffic looks like from my rooftop. It’s typically slow moving until after midnight when the parades clear out.

The traffic flowing through downtown makes it impossible to enter my parking garage without driving the wrong way down a side street, and people come here from around the world to act like drunken lunatics. I’m all for having a good time, but I draw the line before naked people enact sex scenes on my sidewalk. (Yes, that actually happens…every year.)


On a brighter note, it is easy to buy big hats, plastic swords, and over-sized beads while waiting to get home!

The revelry ends at midnight, at which time many of the locals begin observing Lent. (Did you know that the purpose of Mardi Gras is to get all of the partying out before the 40 days?) I’m not Catholic, but I have looked forward to the end of Mardi Gras every year since I moving here in 2012.

Many of my friends make goals and dedications during this time, and I think I can use this time frame to do something good for myself. My goal for the next 40 days is to exercise at least four times a week. For a long time that was something that I accomplished without much effort, but it’s been a long time since I’ve been consistent in my workouts.

I’ve seen positive results from taking control of what I consume. I have not had a doughnut since late September, and at this point I am no longer craving them. I quit drinking sodas almost six years ago, and throughout the last several years I have gone from no longer craving soft drinks to thinking they’re disgusting. It feels like doughnuts could become equally disgusting to me. I suppose time will tell. I also saw good results on the scale when I refrained from eating desserts for 21 days in January.

Now I’m expanding my focus to include breaking out of this cycle of lethargy that I’ve been in. I used to live for a good endorphin rush, but it took effort to get to that point. I’m ready to feel that way again.

I’m down another 2.2 pounds this week, which means that I’ve lost over 12 pounds since the beginning of the year. The losses aren’t huge, but if they stay consistent, I’ll be pleased with that.

Does anyone here dedicate anything for Lent? If so, what’s your plan?

Do You Know Your Neighbors?

When I moved into my apartment last fall, I was careful to choose a place in which I would feel safe.  I live in a tower of apartments in the middle of  downtown, and there are several stories between my living space and the ground.  There is a staff of people available 24 hours a day.  You can’t access the building without a key fob or a code, and  the same applies to the elevators and stairwells.  New Orleans isn’t exactly known for its safety, but I feel safe here.

The Suit lives a mile away.  Jeff is only a few miles away, and Candi is only a few miles away in another direction.  It makes me feel secure to know that people who care about me are close.  I like having friends at my place too so I’ve been hoping to make more friends in my neighborhood.

Friday night I met some folks who live in my building when my friends and I were upstairs enjoying our game night, and I spent time with a couple of them this morning as well.  It seems like they want to be friends, and I want the same thing.

I think it’s important to know the people who live close to you, but it’s also fun to invite someone over without worrying about where they’ll park or if they’ll want to come downtown.  My friends are pretty amazing about coming to my part of town, but the hassle of getting here doesn’t exist for those of us who are already here. 🙂

I’ve always been pretty outgoing, but I seem to be making a lot of new connections now at home and through church lately.  And I like it.

Do you know your neighbors?  Do you have any interest in being friends with them?